Mercyhealth uses new VR headsets to calm children during surgeries

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — No one likes to be in the hospital, especially children.

But now, one local hospital has found a way to decrease their anxiety through virtual reality.

A children’s organization donated two virtual reality headsets to Mercyhealth so kids can play games, take trips to places around the world, or learn meditation during surgeries.

Mercyhealth spokesperson Jessica Ehret said, “This provides diversion during that time so they can focus more on that virtual world more than what’s going on. It helps to distract them from pain or fear that they may be having by taking them to a virtual world.”

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